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UK signs trade continuity agreement with Caribbean countries

Published:Wednesday | March 27, 2019 | 12:23 AM

Nine Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have signed a trade continuity agreement with the United Kingdom that will allow them to trade as they do now without any additional barriers or tariffs.

Trade Policy Minister, George Hollingbery signed the CARIFORUM-UK Economic Partnership Agreement with ministers and representatives from Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“Continuity and certainty are key to our business community and for our government.

Given that the United Kingdom is our largest trading partner within the EU, it has been important for the government of Jamaica, since the Brexit referendum in 2016, to work within CARIFORUM to preserve our existing preferential trade terms notwithstanding uncertainties regarding the Brexit process,” said Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson-Smith.